Takeshi Kovacs Books In Order
- Altered Carbon (2002)
- Broken Angels (2003)
- Woken Furies (2005)
Black Widow Books In Order
- Homecoming (2005)
- The Things They Say About Her (2006)
Land Fit for Heroes Books In Order
- The Steel Remains (2008)
- The Cold Commands (2011)
- The Dark Defiles (2014)
- Market Forces (2004)
- Black Man (2007)
- Thin Air (2018)
- Gone Machine (2021)
- Crysis (2012)
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Richard K Morgan Books Overview
In the twenty fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body or ‘sleeve’ making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Ex U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light years from home, re sleeved into a body in Bay City formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge, Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats ‘existence’ as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning…
. ‘Morgan’s debut novel, the first in a series, combines noir mystery with ultra high tech science to create a complex sf thriller. Featuring a hard nosed antihero with his own sense of personal honor and ethics, this is highly recommended for sf collections.’ Library Journal
Welcome back to the brash, brutal new world of the twenty fifth century: where global politics isn t just for planet Earth anymore; and where death is just a break in the action, thanks to the techno miracle that can preserve human consciousness and download it into one new body after another. Cynical, quick on the trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more…
trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior for hire, and helping a far flung planet’s government put down a bloody revolution. But when it comes to taking sides, the only one Kovacs is ever really on is his own. So when a rogue pilot and a sleazy corporate fat cat offer him a lucrative role in a treacherous treasure hunt, he s only too happy to go AWOL with a band of resurrected soldiers of fortune. All that stands between them and the ancient alien spacecraft they mean to salvage are a massacred city bathed in deadly radiation, unleashed nanotechnolgy with a million ways to kill, and whatever surprises the highly advanced Martian race may have in store. But armed with his genetically engineered instincts, and his trusty twin Kalashnikovs, Takeshi is ready to take on anything and let the devil take whoever s left behind. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding twenty fifth century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan’s World forever. Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history. In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan’s World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three centuries old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with ‘the’ Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it’s time to be afraid. After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell. Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today.’The author’s eye for detail and feel for the atmosphere and nuances of sf noir result in a story packed with action and angst that will also appeal to general suspense readers. Highly recommended for most sf and popular fiction collections.’ Library Journal
The deadliest agent in the Marvel Universe has finally gotten out of the spy game, and she’s not asking for much, just a life of her own. When a sudden assassination attempt provides a harsh reality check, the former Soviet agent tracks a string of international killings that will lead her back to a Russia she can barely recognize. Collects Black Widow 1 6.
The Things They Say About Her
Hot on the tail of Richard K. Morgan’s searing comics debut comes the further dark exploits of Natasha Romanova, the original Black Widow. Some say she’s a traitor, some say she’s a murderer…
and what most say about her isn’t even printable. But nobody denies that the former Cold War spy is a force to be reckoned with. The last man foolish enough to send killers after her paid the highest price, but his friends on Capitol Hill will ensure that Natasha doesn’t get off easy…
and not even Col. Nick Fury can protect her this time. Meanwhile, the survivors of Natasha’s last tirade start coming back to haunt her…
and they’re beginning to join forces. Also featuring a guest appearance by Daredevil! Collects Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her 1 6.
The Steel Remains
In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers. The Steel Remains is the first of a trilogy a stunning reinvention of the fantasy genre that places Morgan in the elite company of modern mythmakers like China Mi ville and George R. R. Martin.
A dark lord will rise. Such is the prophecy that dogs the footsteps of Ringil Eskiath Gil, for short a washed up mercenary and onetime war hero whose world weary cynicism is surpassed only by the quickness of his temper and the speed of his sword. That sword, forged by a vanished eldritch race known as the Kiriath, has brought him unlooked for notoriety, as has his habit of poking his nose where it doesn t belong.
Gil is estranged from his aristocratic family, but that doesn t stop his mother from enlisting his help in freeing a cousin sold into slavery. Grumbling all the way, Gil sets out to track her down. But it soon becomes apparent that more is at stake than the fate of one luckless young woman. Grim sorceries that have not been seen for centuries are awakening in the land. Some speak in whispers of the return of an all but legendary race known as the Aldrain, cruel yet beautiful demons feared even by the Kiriath.
Now Gil and two old comrades Egar, a fierce warrior from the savage Majak tribes, and Archeth, a half Kiriath fighter still mourning her departed brethren are all that stand in the way of a prophecy whose fulfillment will drown an entire world in blood. But with heroes like these, the cure is likely to be worse than the disease.
From the award winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels a turbocharged new thriller set in a world where killers are stars, media is mass entertainment,
and freedom is a dangerous proposition…
A coup in Cambodia. Guns to Guatemala. For the men and women of Shorn Associates, opportunity is calling. In the superheated global village of the near future, big money is made by finding the right little war and supporting one side against the other in exchange for a share of the spoils. To succeed, Shorn uses a new kind of corporate gladiator: sharp suited, hard driving gunslingers who operate armored vehicles and follow a Samurai code. And Chris Faulkner is just the man for the job.
He fought his way out of London’s zone of destitution. And his kills are making him famous. But unlike his best friend and competitor at Shorn, Faulkner has a side that outsiders cannot see: the side his wife is trying to salvage, that another woman a po*rn star turned TV news reporter is trying to exploit. Steeped in blood, eyed by common criminals looking for a shot at fame, Faulkner is living on borrowed time. Until he s given one last shot at getting out alive…
The future isn t what it used to be since Richard K. Morgan arrived on the scene. He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs private eye, soldier of fortune, and all purpose antihero into the body swapping, hard boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the Philip K. Dick Award in the process. In Market Forces, he launched corporate gladiator Chris Faulkner into the brave new business of war for profit. Now, in Thirteen, Morgan radically reshapes and recharges science fiction yet again, with a new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, hired gun, and a man without a country…
or a planet.
Marsalis is one of a new breed. Literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth’s distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous.
Luckily, his enhanced life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He s another Thirteen one who s already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there s no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane and alive long enough to succeed?
From the Hardcover edition.